As reported by Variety, Dan Trachtenberg, the director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, will replace Shawn Levy to helm Sony Pictures’ adaptation of Uncharted. Said to star Tom Holland, the film will supposedly follow the adventures of a young Nathan Drake rather than the man-child we all know and love from the video games by Naughty Dog.
With Levy having to depart the project due to scheduling conflicts, has Sony FINALLY hired the right guy to make a video game movie that surpasses average? The dream director would have been Mission: Impossible’s Christopher McQuarrie, but that was always a hopeless fantasy thanks to him being tied to Tom Cruise. That being said, Trachtenberg is at least a promising filmmaker with a lot of potential.
The Uncharted movie will depict a young Nathan Drake’s first encounter with Victor (goddam) Sullivan. It’s unknown if their first meeting will be identical to the flashback in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, but here’s hoping it’s not so Sony can avoid the plot hole of Drake suddenly having a brother that was never mentioned.
Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, and Assassin’s Creed are all terrible films, but Uncharted has the potential to be the first great video game movie. It’s naturally cinematic, all the characters are likable, and there’s a lot of action that rivals Indiana Jones and other blockbusters. You’d be safer betting on it being bad than good, but no matter what Sony releases it can’t be any worse than their initial casting of Mark Wahlberg. However, if you understandably don't want an Uncharted movie, then you'll be happy to know Sony is potentially hiring for the next video game instalment on the PS5.
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